When I first caught wind of the limited edition Maybelline Color Tattoos that came out earlier this month, I thought, “Hey, those look just like the oh-so-popular flesh-toned MAC paint pots.” I decided to put my hunch to the test.
I put Maybelline’s “Nude Pink” head to head with MAC’s Painterly Paint Pot. While the two are extremely similar in their hue, Nude Pink appeared slightly deeper in a heavy swatch. I think the two would frankly serve the same purpose and are excellent alternatives for each other, but they’re not exact dupes.
Maybelline’s “Just Beige,” on the other hand, is a spot-on dupe for MAC’s “Soft Ochre”. Spot on. I might concede that the MAC version is a tad creamier in consistency, but the difference is minor, and both blend well and give you excellent coverage on the lid. I don’t own the MAC version, so I can’t compare performance, but I can say that my Maybelline has been working fantastically as an eye shadow base.
I should have swatched Maybelline’s “Matte Brown” against MAC’s “Quite Natural”, but the MA at the MAC counter was using it! All I can say is that they are also very similar, and would make excellent alternatives, even if I can’t say for sure whether they are exact dupes. It seems Maybelline has done an excellent job of dupe-ing these MAC favorites–but why oh why only in limited edition!
Please, Maybelline! I don’t want to pay $20 a pop at MAC when I could just give you my $7.49. These are extremely useful shades, and their MAC counterparts are extremely popular; if anything deserves to be in the permanent line, it’s these.
Until Maybelline comes to their senses, I’ve been stalking my local drugstores trying to find backups. So far, I’ve only ever seen them once. I’m actually shocked I managed to find one of each color–I must have come in the same day they showed up.
If you see them, get them! In fact, get five and give the extras to me!! ;p